It’s time for a brand new Sugaridoo BERNINA quilt along! I am so very excited to finally share everything about the QAL with you. In this blog post I’ll reveal the quilt that we will be making, share what the planning looks like, tell you all about the quilt kits and announce the prizes that you can win.
There is a lot to talk about, so let’s start right away.
One Two TREE
In this quilt along we will focus on quilting our quilts. But to start quilting, we first need to make a quilt top. I designed a quilt that we can use as a canvas to quilt on. This pattern is called One Two TREE
We will be making 16 tree quilt blocks and assemble them in to a quilt top. We will be quilting a different pattern in each tree. And we quilt one overall design in the background around the trees.
This project will allow you to practice stitching in the ditch, quilting with rulers and doing free motion quilting.
Join the Quilt Along
Want to join the QAL? Joining the quilt along is free. During the QAL you will find video tutorials on my YouTube channel and all the blog posts with patterns and information will be published here on the BERNINA blog. There is no need to buy a pattern for this quilt along.
I you want to receive all the information in your inbox you can sign up (also for free) to receive email updates over here.
Feel free to share the button below on Instagram of Facebook to let your quilting friends know that you’ve joined the QAL. We’ll be using #onetwoTREEQAL on Instagram.
If you’d like more, you can join the Facebook group. This is the place where you can connect with other quilters. Last quilt along thousands of quilters from all over the world joined in. I will host live Q&A sessions in the Facebook group so you can ask your questions during the QAL. You can join the Facebook group for €10 (about 11.5USD, 14CAD). Or get free access when you order a quilt kit.
Blog Community Section
BERNINA has set up a section in the community section of this blog for our Quilt-Along:
If you don’t participate on Facebook or Instagram, you can still upload pictures here to show how your quilt project is progressing – and enter the raffles this way, too! When uploading your pictures to the blog community, don’t forget to select the “One Two TREE” campaign!
If you followed the first quilt along you’ll know that I love to chat on videos. So if you want to know all the information, but don’t want to read this whole blog post. Here’s a video for you 😉
There are four different fabric kits available for this quilt along. With the kits you can also order kits for the backing and binding of the quilt, rulers and batting. Everything you need to make you quilt from start to finish. The kits are €90 euro (about 85USD, 105CAD). You can find them in the Sugaridoo Webshop.
You can also follow along with fabrics from your own stash. The details about how much of each fabric you’ll need will be in next weeks blog post together with all the needed materials for the quilt along.
All kits that are in stock and ordered before the 18th of November will be shipped out in the week of the 1st of December. This way you will receive your kit in time before the quilt along starts.
All orders placed after the 18th will be shipped out as soon as possible. But I don’t know when those kits will be ready to ship. It has been harder to get in all the fabrics this last year.
How do you set your machine up for quilting?
What needle and thread you can use?
How do you make your stitches look even?
Why do you need a ruler foot?
With this quilt along we will start with the very basics. I will guide you from those first stitches on a practice piece to a fully quilted quilt. If your machine can’t do ruler work, or you’re not feeling ready to try free motion quilting, no problem. I will give options and alternatives for each quilt design.
This quilt along is for every quilter who wants to learn about quilting and have fun making a new quilt, along with quilters from all over the world. I’ll encourage you throughout the QAL to try new things. If you join the Facebook group you can ask me questions during the live Q&A’s.
The tree blocks are made with foundation paper piecing. You can click here to follow my Foundation Paper Piecing course if you want to dive in right away. But I will also share videos which explain the basics of this technique during the quilt along.
For the quilting of our quilts we will do ruler work and free motion quilting. All materials needed and recommended feet for your sewing machine will be shared in a blog post next week.
11/15 Live Q&A on YouTube, let’s chat about the upcoming QAL
11/19 Next week I will share a complete list of all the fabrics and materials needed for the quilt along.
During the first eight weeks we will sew all the blocks of the quilt and assemble the quilt top. Before we start we will have a live Q&A in the Facebook group.
01/14 Sewing part 1 ‘Flynn’
01/28 Sewing part 2 ‘Tess and June’
02/11 Sewing part 3 ‘Luke’
02/25 Sewing part 4 ‘Olivia’
03/11 Quilt assembly & basting the quilt + halfway giveaway
Now we have the quilt top ready, we can start quilting our quilt! Every week we will quilt two of our trees. After finishing the top there will be a live Q&A in the Facebook group.
03/25 Quilting part 1 ‘Straightforward’
04/01 Quilting part 2 ‘Round and round we go’
04/08 Quilting part 3 (patterns that we will be quilting will be revealed during the QAL)
04/15 Quilting part 4
In these four weeks you will have quilted the first half of the quilt. We will take a little break and skip one week to catch up if you missed a week. There will be a live Q&A in the Facebook group where you can ask you questions about the quilting.
04/29 Quilting part 5
05/06 Quilting part 6
05/12 Quilting part 7
05/20 Quilting part 8
After quilting the final trees we will have another break with a live Q&A in the Facebook group.
06/03 Binding the quilt + final giveaway
We will have a live Q&A a few weeks after the end of the QAL to catch up and help everyone finish their quilts.
And now about the prizes. After finishing the quilt top, you can join the raffle for the halfway giveaway. The prizes you can win are 3 times a Mettler thread box, sponsored by BERNINA. And three times a Sugaridoo curated fabric bundle.
At the end of the quit along, after finishing all the quilting and the binding on the quilt we will host the final giveaway. This will again be a raffle, there is no jury involved. You don’t need to make the ‘best’ quilt, you don’t need perfect stitches. You just need to finish your quilt, hopefully learning loads and having a lot of fun along the way.
In the raffle at the end of the QAL you can win 3 times the book Sugaridoo Happy Notes, 3 times a BERNINA ruler set and ….. a BERNINA Q16! Whooah! I just can’t wait to see which quilter we can surprise with this wonderful sit down quilting machine.
That was a lot of information! So if you scrolled down, here’s what you need to know:
-> Want to join the FREE quilt along? Sign up over here and I’ll send you all the information and links you need to know about
-> Start of the QAL: 14th of January, end of the QAL mid June ’22.
-> Get your quilt kit before the 18th of November, then you’re sure to receive it in time for the start of the QAL